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Section 805(d) of VAWA 2005 amended the definition of adopted children to include an important exception for abused adopted children.  Congress removed the two-year legal custody and the two-year residency requirement for adopted children who were battered or subjected to extreme cruelty by their adoptive parent(s) or household family members. The USCIS issued a policy memorandum on July 14, 2014 that provides guidance to officers adjudicating I-360 self-petitions filed by these abused children. The guidance is incorporated in the Adjudicators Filed Manual at Chapter 21.14(d).

CLINIC values the dedication and commitment to service demonstrated by our affiliate agencies in their work with their communities.  We wish to highlight outstanding individual agency staff in a series of profiles appearing monthly in Catholic Legal Immigration News.


CLINIC Affiliate Staff Highlight:  Julissa Pineda, “Help for today, Hope for Tomorrow”

New Member and Subscriber

CLINIC has accepted a new member agency, Faith Action International House in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is a multi-denominational nonprofit with Catholic participation.  As such, the Bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte has approved Faith Action as a Catholic member agency in CLINIC’s network. Rev. David Fraccaro, Executive Director, lists his staff:  Marina Castillo Gomez, Esq., Staff Attorney; Nidia Mercedes, Legal Assistant; and Ezequiel Cazanetz-Dick, Legal Assistant.

Volunteer Training Part 1 - DACA Overview and the Eligibility Guidelines



Volunteer Training Part 2 - How to Complete the Application Forms



Volunteer Training Part 3 -  Overview of the DACA Workshop Model


Jeanne Atkinson, CLINIC Executive Director, and Adonia Simpson, Managing Attorney for Immigration Legal Services at CLINIC affiliate the Esperanza Center in Baltimore, discuss with the Baltimore Sun concerns about the “rocket docket” in Baltimore.


Ms. Atkinson is quoted:

“I believe that the impression that is being given to immigration judges is that the goal is to push these children through proceedings very quickly…The rocket dockets are vastly concerning for due process."